We are your Home Renovation Specialists
We are a team of experienced and reliable contractors, and can handle ALL your home improvement needs.
We offer a full spectrum of residential renovation services, which include kitchens, bathrooms, whole house renovations, laundry, outdoor living and landscape. From planning & design, through all phases of construction, we provide the expertise and trades required to make your project a successful one.
Our full planning & design services make it possible to offer beautifully designed projects that are realistically budgeted and thoroughly managed throughout your renovation. We also provide vital project management on all jobs; our sites are diligently planned with constant supervision, and have a dedicated project manager who communicates with trades and homeowners throughout the process, sharing their expertise, helping to avoid costly surprises, and paying attention to the details.
Building our reputation one room at a time
Home Renovation Planning And Design.
Every successful renovation has a plan
Every project needs a properly structured plan that guides the renovation process; a roadmap with details. With our RENOVATION PLANNING you receive the benefits of having your project professionally planned, designed, and installed. And the costs to properly plan are far less than the costs incurred by not planning at all; in most cases our planning fees are set against the cost of your project. So get your “free estimates”, then sit down with us to see the difference.
Renovation Planning details:
- Overview of key design & structural elements, styles, and layouts
- Analysis of required budget, and associated scope of work
- Detailed breakdown of labour and material costs/allowances within your budget
- Assistance with material and product selections at the best price
- Non-dimensioned floor plans
- Floor plans, kitchen & bath plans
- Construction drawings
- Permit applications
Your Kitchen Renovation
Because kitchens are drastically different, they usually require extensive renovations to accommodate today’s lifestyles. They invariably now encompass numerous upgrades that accommodate an integrated cooking area with the home, as well as substantial electrical, and plumbing work to support improved appliances and lighting requirements.
The most common upgrade is the open concept. Walls are now being removed and the kitchen is becoming part of the living area. Kitchen countertops are now mostly solid surface materials that include materials such as engineered quartz, natural stone, wood, and stainless steel. They are easy to clean and allow for under mount sinks that are very much desired. The kitchen island (with seating and large work surface areas) acts as a social connection between kitchen and living activities. Appliances and finish materials are now far more practical and aesthetically appealing, as they are in full view of the living area. Improved lighting and electrical also plays an important part; spotlights, additional outlets, and under counter lighting are typical additions to even the most basic kitchen.
Although most of these improvements are common in varying degrees, there are also various styles and designs to consider when renovating your kitchen. From contemporary and modern, to traditional, we can achieve your vision to compliment the style of your home, and your personal preferences for design.
Custom bathroom renovation and design
The bathroom is a place where you want to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. It needs to be open and inviting with pleasant textures and colours, and intriguing with glass enclosures, interesting tile work, and upgraded fixtures and fittings.
At the top of the list of “must haves” for most bathrooms is the large shower rain heads, adjustable shower arms, and temperature control valves. These units not only create visual interest, but enhance the shower experience. Glass enclosures for showers are also a definite upgrade to curtains. They visually expand the size of your bathroom and allow for a more illuminated and open shower.
Today’s waterproof membranes for tiled showers virtually eliminate past problems associated with leaking showers; stand alone furniture grade bathroom vanities both increase storage and accentuate style in the bathroom; dual flush toilets improve water efficiency; and jacuzzi tubs with aeration and chrome therapy lighting add to the bathing experience and luxury feel of your bathroom.
Putting all of these and other elements together into a working bathroom can be challenging. The selections available for your space can sometimes be overwhelming. We can help make this task easier. We can assist you with your main bathroom, or ensuite, and fashion a design suitable for your home and tastes.
STEP 1 : – FREE In Home Assessment
When initially meeting with homeowners, we determine the details of the project and establish budgets first, prior to arranging for material selections and designs. This process ensures that you, as the homeowner, are working towards a budget, rather than planning towards an open ended and costly renovation. Until a complete set of working drawings are complete, it is difficult to give a firm quotation for a project, but we will give you an idea of the type of renovation you can expect given your budget.
STEP 2 : – FIRM Price Quotation
Once a budget has been established, working drawings are complete (if required), and specifications set out for the scope of work, we will provide you with a FIRM PRICE quotation that will include all aspects of the renovation. We will also provide a clear and concise written contract, which explains the obligations of both Big 5 Constructions and you as the homeowner i.e. payments, change orders, site conditions, guarantees, and other assurances.
STEP 3 : – Project Planning
After all the details of work are determined, and a FIRM PRICE quotation has been accepted, planning for your project begins: materials are ordered, building trades are scheduled, and permits are obtained. This stage is crucial and requires great effort by ALL parties, as a delayed or improperly selected material can cause major delays during renovations, at great costs.
STEP 4 : – Rough-in Work Begins
Prior to the commencement of any work, we prepare your home for construction. Temporary partitions are set up, floors are protected, and tools are placed in a designated area. Work then begins with demolition and preparations are made for rough-in construction work such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical systems, and rough carpentry. Progress payments for work are dispersed as set out in the quotation.
STEP 5 : – Finishing Work Begins
Once the foundation has been set for finishing work, and all rough in construction has been completed, the pleasing elements of your project will start to come together: finishing carpentry, flooring, painting, fixtures, cabinetry, lighting, etc. Again, progress payments for work are dispersed as set out your quotation.
STEP 6 : – Completion
After the construction of your project is complete, you will be asked to review the work and give final approval. We will then inform you of any regular maintenance required to protect your investment.
Did you know…
Locating contractors and getting “free estimates” is one way to start a renovation, but it may not be the best approach. This method may ignore key design elements of your project, and details of materials and installation methods. These estimates also typically underestimate actual project costs.
- contractors need extremely specific details from you to provide an accurate bid, details that often require planning and design
- “FREE estimates” rarely include everything, and will ultimately lead to changes and change orders that will raise the ultimate price you pay
- planning without setting a budget is the single biggest mistake a homeowner can make concerning their renovation
- major decisions left till after renovations are started can cause delays, and problems for the homeowner, contractor and trades
- to effectively compare quotations, the scope of work must be extremely well defined
Remember, most qualified and reputable contractors reject competitive bidding because a detailed and comprehensive estimate involves an incredible amount of time and effort. Investing in this process, only to loose the job to a lower and possibly less thorough bid, does not make sense.